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School of Nursing and Allied Health - Bluefield State College




The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers degrees in nursing and radiologic technology. Programs offered include: baccalaureate and associate degrees in nursing and the associate degree in radiologic technology.

In order to comply with accreditation standards, it is necessary to restrict enrollment in the nursing and radiologic technology. Students are admitted to these programs once a year. The radiologic technology program starts in May while the nursing programs begin with the Fall semester. Applications for admission consideration can be submitted from September 1 through December 15 for the next year’s programs. Deadline for file completion is January 31 of the year for which admission is sought. Students entering any of these health care programs must have a physical examination and documentation of necessary health screening. Students must purchase uniforms and other equipment particular to the program. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the College and health agencies utilized for clinical experience.

BSN PROGRAM

The BSN Program is designed for the employed registered nurse wanting to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Nursing classes are held one day/week and required programmatic courses are offered in block times.

MISSION

The mission of the RN to BSN program is to provide students an opportunity for quality baccalaureate nursing education that is both affordable and geographically accessible, and prepares students to meet the diverse health care needs of the community, state, and nation. The nursing faculty is committed to planning and implementing a quality baccalaureate program for registered nurses that promotes the students' intellectual, personal, ethical, and cultural development in a caring environment. The scope of professional nursing education is believed to be one that enables and empowers the student to recognize the ethical, legislative, economic, regulatory and political aspects that define the scope of professional nursing practice. The roles inherent in the status of the professional nurse include but are not limited to: nursing leader; provider, manager, and coordinator of health care services; client advocate; and life-long learner.

GOAL

The goal of the BSN Program is to provide registered nurses with learning opportunities to acquire the knowledge base and skills to practice nursing at the professional level.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Coursework and practicum experiences provide the student with the knowledged and skills to:
1. Assess the health/illness status of individuals, families, and communities throughout the lifespan.
2. Recognize how components of diversity impact health and health care.
3. Broaden advocacy skills for the nursing profession and the clients served.
4. Employ critical thinking skills as a basis for professional nursing practice
5. Use effective communication skills consistent with the role of the professional nurse.
6. Understand how to read and critique nursing research for its applicability for evidence-based nursing practice.
7. Utilize professional nursing management and leadership skills to coordinate comprehensive health care.
8. Apply an ethical decision-making framework incorporating the ANA Professional Code of Ethics, professional standards, and an awareness of personal values in nursing practice.
9. Develop and implement health education programs for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
10. Apply an increased depth and breadth of knowledge in managing clients with acute complex health problems.



School name:School of Nursing and Allied Health - Bluefield State College
Address:219 Rock Street, Dickason Hall, D430
Zip & city:WV 24701-2198 West Virginia
Phone:(304) 327-4480
Web:http://www.bluefieldstate.edu/Schools/nursradt/index.htm
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LPN TO RN TRANSITION
This ten-week summer course facilitates the role transition of the practical nurse to the professional registered nurse. Introduces the student to the nursing process and the program competencies of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing. Critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills, as well as capacity for therapeutic nursing interventions serve as an underlying theme for the course. Other concepts presented are nursing care of women, children, and adults, physical assessment, laboratory interpretation, and pharmacology. A competency skills demonstration of dosage calculations and laboratory procedures is required. Successful completion allows the student to progress into the third semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

NURSING PROCESS
Designed to introduce the associate degree nursing student to the five-step nursing process utilized by the nursing profession and to the general principles of teaching/learning and communication. The student will learn to utilize these principles in planning, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of nursing care in meeting individual client needs.

BASIC CONCEPTS OF NURSING
Focuses on acquisition of basic concepts and principles of nursing care applicable to meeting individual human needs. Included in this course is an introduction of the associate degree nursing student to nursing practice and the roles of the nurse.

BASIC CONCEPTS OF NURSING PRACTICUM
Designed to facilitate the acquisition of psychomotor skills competency in meeting individual human needs. Health Assessment, the interpretation of laboratory and diagnostic findings, and the ability to provide care based upon this data, is essential to safe practice. The student will learn these skills in the college lab and apply them to clients in multidimensional settings.

NURSING CARE OF CHILDREN
Focuses on common health needs and human response patterns of children during each stage of development from the neonate through adolescence. Special emphasis is placed on nursing care and health promotion and maintenance of children and the teaching needs of parents.

CHILD NURSING PRACTICUM
The student will use the nursing process while caring for children and their families in hospitals and community settings.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS I
This course Introduces medical-surgical nursing to the student. Common health problems associated with the musculoskeletal, neurological, and gastrointestinal systems are examined.

NURSING CARE OF OLDER ADULT
Explores anticipated changes associated with aging and nursing care of common health problems experienced in the older adult. The emphasis in the course in on healthy promotion.

ADULT I PRACTICUM
Students will apply the nursing process in the care of clients experiencing common health problems associated with the musculoskeletal, neurological, and gastrointestinal systems. Advanced nursing skills involving NG tube insertions, enteral feedings, and insertion and care of an IV will be included.

OLDER ADULT PRACTICUM
A practicum course which integrates concepts from nursing concepts, and concepts lab. Students apply the nursing process to care for clients experiencing well-defined health problems in the gerontological setting. Health promotion in the elderly will also be emphasized.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING I
Introduces the student to general principles of pharmacology, drug actions, and major classifications. This course is also designed to assist the nursing student with a review of mathematical concepts necessary for calculating drug dosages and administration of drugs and IV calculations. These concepts are given utilizing therapeutic communication and will promote positive outcomes by maintaining professional boundaries in giving holistic care to clients.

TRENDS IN NURSING
Directed toward assisting the student in understanding the role of the graduate nurse in the current and evolving health care system. Students must possess an understanding of the history of nursing as a profession, the many issues facing nursing, and the legal and political concerns of the profession. Students will continue to develop skills in the roles of manager of care and member of the discipline of nursing.

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING
Emphasizes the identification of human responses and the nursing care relative to clients experiencing community health problems. Community based nursing concepts including continuity of care, family, culture, home health and hospice will be addressed.

PSYCHOSOCIAL NURSING
Examines the psychiatric nursing experience through mental health concepts of mental health teaching/learning, therapeutic communication, and therapeutic milieu management. Nursing care of common mental alterations such as somatoform disorders, anxiety disorders, dissocative disorders, bereavement, childhood disorders, and personality disorders will also be discussed.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS III
Uses the nursing process to examine the nursing care of adult clients experiencing a variety of health imbalances. Pathophysiologic concepts will be discussed to assist the student in selection of nursing diagnoses and implementation of interventions. Imbalances of gastrointestinal, hematologic, immunologic, and endocrine systems will be discussed.

NURSING CARE OF ADULTS II
Uses the nursing process to examine the nursing care of adult clients experiencing disturbances in the genitourinary and respiratory systems. The health problems of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pulmonary emboli, and peripheral vascular disease are also examined from a nursing perspective.

INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL CARE NURSING
Introduces complex health problems associated with critical care to the student. Pathophysiologic processes and nursing care involved with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, cardiac surgery, shock and increased intercranial pressure are examined.

PRACTICUM/ADVANCED NURSING SKILLS LAB
A practicum course which integrates concepts from Nursing Care of Adults II, Psychosocial Nursing, and Maternity Nursing. Students apply the nursing process to care for clients experiencing common, well-defined health problems affecting the genitourinary, respiratory, and sensorineural systems. Students will utilize therapeutic communication skills with both mentally-well and mentally-ill clients. Students will also apply the nursing process in the care of childbearing women.

PRACTICUM
Community health experiences will focus on application of the nursing process in meeting human needs relative to care in the home and other community settings. The critical care component will focus on direct nursing care of clients experiencing acute, complex and/or life-threatening health problems in emergency and critical care settings. A synthesis of knowledge pertinent to growth and development principles, communication techniques, teaching/learning principles, management strategies, and nursing concepts will culminate in the care of groups of clients in the Nursing Care of Adults III component.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING II
Examines pharmacological concepts relevant to the care of adult clients. Emphasis is placed on drug actions and nursing implications.

SYNTHESIS OF NURSING CONCEPTS
Synthesis of Nursing Concepts has two main foci. The first focus is a review of all the major nursing concepts taught in the first, second, and third semesters of the nursing program. The second focus is the refinement of the students’ test-taking skills in preparation for the NCLEX-RN examination. CO: Fourth semester nursing courses.

MATERNITY NURSING
Emphasizes nursing care of the client through childbearing process. The antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum phases of childbearing are emphasized. This course also includes client-family education and health promotion of the maternal client.

PHARMACOLOGY IN NURSING III
Examines pharmacological concepts relevant to the care of adult clients in critical care areas and those clients experiencing complex health conditions. Pharmacological agents utilized in community settings are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on drug actions and nursing interventions.

CONCEPTS OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, theories and issues essential to professional nursing practice. The professional nurse’s role and the role transition from technical to professional status will be emphasized The student will examine personal value systems. The philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing will be studied and applied to a personal philosophy of nursing. The concepts of holistic health and caring will be examined within the many diverse environments that the professional nurse deals with daily.

HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Focuses on holistic assessment of the individual throughout the life span. Course content is directed toward physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and developmental assessment. Included are appropriate modifications in approach and examination techniques for newborns and infants, children, adolescents, and older adults. Anticipated normal findings and commonly identified deviations for each age group are presented. (This course may be taken by registered nurses who have not been officially admitted to the baccalaureate program. These students are exempt from co-requisite requirements.)

COMMUNITY NURSING I
Focuses on concepts, principles, and theories of professional nursing practice associated with caring for families. Emphasis is placed on analysis of cultural, social, economic, and political factors which influence family health consciousness and patterns. Course content includes evaluation of assessment tools relative to family health.

COMPLEX HEALTH PROBLEMS
Examines human responses to biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual changes associated with acute physiological problems. Emphasis is placed on the expanded role of the professional nurse in the acute care setting. (This course may be taken by registered nurses who have not been officially admitted to the baccalaureate program. These students are exempt from pre-and co-requisite requirements.)

ETHICS AND ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Provides an opportunity to critically examine and analyze ethical, historic, political, and economic factors that influence the practice of professional nursing. The primary focus is on ethical frameworks and personal and professional values which are applied to areas and issues of present concern to professional nursing. Cultural dimensions of nursing practice are also examined. (May be taken by registered nurses who have not been officially admitted to the baccalaureate program. These students are exempt from pre and co-requisite requirements.)

TRANSITION COURSE
Designed to co-create with the learner a successful evolution and transition from that of the technical practice of nursing to the professional practice of nursing. A caring environment is created that assists the learner in acquiring skills necessary for re-entry into the educational system. Alternative methods of facilitating harmony and health will be examined as the student incorporates caring into a personal philosophy.

COMMUNITY NURSING II
Assists the student to expand awareness and consciousness to caring for the community as client. Synthesis of nursing science and public health sciences provides guidelines for assessing the health of groups and communities. Topics emphasized include the health planning process, group process, epidemiology, populations at risk, and the scope of nursing and health care delivery systems in the community.

NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
This course explores characteristics, concepts, and processes related to organizing and facilitating nursing care delivery. Theories, principles, methodologies, and application of research findings in leadership and management are examined to facilitate harmony among individuals and groups.

NURSING RESEARCH
Provides an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research processes. The intent is to empower the nurse as a critical consumer of nursing research. Opportunity is provided for the development of critical thinking and decision making skills needed by the professional nurse to analyze and evaluate research findings for application to practice.

COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICUM
Offers the professional nursing student an opportunity to assess unique population groups within an Appalachian community. Students collaborate with colleagues, an assigned client community, and any appropriate interdisciplinary health care providers to promote choices and behaviors that result in increasing the potential for community health.

SENIOR PRACTICUM
A synthesis of previously introduced nursing theories, concepts and strategies. These constructs are applied in a practice setting of the student’s choice. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of the nurse’s role as that of patient advocate, change agent, manager, coordinator and leader of health care.

FOUNDATIONS AND PRINCIPLES OF SCHOOL HEALTH NURSING
Designed for the professional registered nurse specializing in school health nursing. Unique skills and knowledge necessary for the school nurse to perform in public schools (K-12) are presented. Students focus on the understanding of student services and programs, the professional role of the school nurse, and the functions of schools in the community.

SCHOOL NURSING PRACTICUM
This clinical course enables the student to apply information learned in Foundations and Principles of School Health Nursing. In caring for students in the public schools (K-12), the nursing student will employ skills, knowledge, and national standards and guidelines to develop and implement school health programs. Students will be engaged in screening and counseling, examining community resources, and reviewing and developing plans for school age youth.

PROJECTS IN NURSING
Independent study on a special problem or project relating to Nursing under the supervision of an instructor.

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